Quotation by D.H. Lawrence

Museums, museums, museums, object-lessons rigged out to illustrate the unsound theories of archaeologists, crazy attempts to co-ordinate and get into a fixed order that which has no fixed order and will not be co-ordinated! It is sickening! Why must all experience be systematized?... A museum is not a first-hand contact: it is an illustrated lecture. And what one wants is the actual vital touch.
D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885–1930), British author. Etruscan Places, ch. 6 (1932).

Bemoaning the removal of excavated Etruscan tombs to the archaeological museum in Florence.
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